The start-stop voyage of "Dr. Strange" from the pages of Marvel comics to the big screen may soon be a reality. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Marvel Studios has hired "Conan" scriptwriters Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to pen "Dr. Strange."
This will likely be the first Marvel film under Walt Disney Pictures. If you remember, the House of Mouse bought Marvel for $4 billion.
The superhero character of Doctor Strange first appeared in Strange Tales #110 published by Marvel in July, 1963. Co-created by writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, the franchise tells the story of Stephen Strange, a famous but selfish neurosurgeon who lost his sense of touch after a car accident damaged his hands. Depressed and bitter, Strange travels to the Himalayas where a hermit called the Ancient One teaches him the powers of the mystic arts.
"Dr. Strange" is a trippy adventure punctuated by psychedelic visuals (it is called "Dr. Strange" after all). I wonder how Disney will handle that. Maybe Donnelly and Oppenheimer, who also wrote the videogame adaptation "Uncharted: Drake's Fortune" for Sony, will find a cool way to interpret the comic book property's head-trippy visuals.
Once upon a time, Guillermo del Toro was attached to the project. I think Disney and Marvel should court the director again. He has the creative vision!
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Moviegoers played with "Toy Story 3" making the film the No. 1 movie in America! The third installment of the popular Disney/Pixar franchise made $109 million, joining "Shrek the Third" ($121.6 million) and "Shrek 2" ($108 million) as the three animated films to top $100 million in the first weekend.
"Toy Story 3's" box office performance gave Disney/Pixar its best debut, easily beating the $70.5 million opening for "The Incredibles."
Here's the estimated box office films for weekend of June 18th:
1. "Toy Story 3," $109 million -- Okay, let's just leave it at that okay? No more "Toy Story 4" Disney/Pixar and create something new and fresh that will equal the magic of the "Toy Story" franchise. (Check out my review of "Toy Story 3" right here)
2. "The Karate Kid," $29 million -- sadly, a sequel is being planned right now. Remember the fate of the last two "Karate Kid" films from the 80s? Yeah, we forgot about them! (Check out my "Karate Kid" review right here)
3. "The A-Team," $13.8 million -- I still love you! (Check out my review of "The A-Team" right here)
4. "Get Him to the Greek," $6.1 million -- I still love you too! (Check out my review of "Get Him to the Greek" right here)
5. "Shrek Forever After," $5.5 million -- um, make sure this is the final chapter. (Check out my interview with Walt Dohrn aka Rumpelstiltskin -- my favorite of the new characters -- right here)
6. "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," $5.3 million -- Jake Gyllenhaal didn't exactly wow us with his turn as the Prince of Persia. (Check out my review of "Prince of Persia" right here)
7. "Killers," $5.1 million -- Killed!
8. "Jonah Hex," $5.09 million -- Dear Josh Brolin, sorry this film bombed, but I still love talking to you! Check out my fun interview with the actor right here.
9. "Iron Man 2," $2.7 million -- Wow, it seems like this film opened many moons ago! (Check out my "Iron Man 2" review right here)
10. "Marmaduke," $2.65 million -- This was dogged at the box-office!
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After 11 years, Woody, Buzz, and the rest of our favorite toys return for the third time. And guess what? It's my Movie Pick of the Week! Why? Find out by watching my fun toy-tastic review below. (For my written movie review of "Toy Story 3," click here)
Here's more info on "Toy Story 3" from Yahoo:
Woody and Buzz had accepted that their owner Andy would grow up someday, but what happens when that day arrives? In the third installment, Andy is preparing to depart for college, leaving his loyal toys troubled about their uncertain future.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Animation and Sequel
Release Date: June 18th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: G
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Cast and Credits
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Michael Keaton
Directed by: Lee Unkrich
Produced by: John Lasseter, Darla K. Anderson, Nicole Paradis Grindle
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I love, love, love "Plan 9 from Outer Space," the Ed Wood cinematic masterpiece that's been called by many party-poopers as the worst film ever made. Well, it is, but it's fun, and trippy, and head-scratchingly awful -- and those are words of compliment directed towards the brilliance of the angora sweater-wearing director!
Well, get ready to watch "Plan 9 from Outer Space" again, this time in full 3-D!
According to SciFiPulse, San Diego-based 3-D Production & Conversion studio PassmoreLab is in-charge of converting the film into full 3-D.
Greg Passmore, president of Passmore Lab told SciFiPulse:
“Being dubbed “worst ever” was the probably the best thing that ever happened to this film...That label started a cult following, where it gained a massive fan base, with me included. It may be known as the “worst movie”, but it’s about to get best conversion treatment available. I am delighted to convert the original film into 3D using our proprietary technology.”
The 3-D converted film will now be called "Plan 9 From Outer Space, Now In 3-D!" and will be seen in select US theaters later this summer. It will also be available on VOD.
Fantastic! You don't need to wear your angora sweater to watch this film.
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